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Monday 19th May 2014

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies


This event, organised collaboratively by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the British Library, aims to draw attention to archives and content that newcomers to the field may not be aware of and to consider the methodological and practical issues involved in analysing sources.

Speakers include specialists in the fields of Law, Gender and Sexuality from academia, archives and libraries.

Advance registration is required.

To register, make payment and to see the full programme, please see the IALS events page on the School of Advanced Study website:


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Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, & Economy

Series edited by Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva, Queen Mary University of London; Dr Mark A. Harris, La Trobe University and Dr Brenna Bhandar, University of Kent

Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, & Economy seeks to expand the critical scope of racial, postcolonial, and global theory and analysis, focusing on how the global juridico-economic apparatus has been, and continues to be, shaped by the Colonial and the Racial structurings of power. It includes works that seek to move beyond the previous privileging of culture in considerations of racial and postcolonial subjectivity to offer a more comprehensive engagement with the legal, economic and moral issues of the global present.

The following categories of works have been identified which would fit with the aims and objectives of the series:

1. Architectures, Apparatuses, and Procedures: with a focus on the legal-economic institutions, frameworks, agreements, and processes, including multilateral agreements, the state, international financial institutions, International NGOs, etc.

2. Dispossession, Displacement and Obliteration: with a focus on the various strategies of appropriation of land and resources, exploitation of labour, processes that create forced and voluntary displacement of populations, or threaten or cause the eradication of local population

3. Occupation, Intervention, and Detention: with a focus on policing strategies and the related moral statements that sustain them, including humanitarian interventions, military occupations, the criminalization and detention of migrant works; the criminalization of economically dispossessed urban populations and racial and ethnic collectives

4. Grammars, Discourses, and Practices: with the focus on structures and mechanism of symbolic representation, and related moral (including religious), and legal frameworks, such as the Human Rights framework, with particular attention to how they enable the articulation of political subjects

This interdisciplinary series welcomes exclusively theoretical essays that engage with the conceptual and analytical questions detailed above and discussions of how particular conceptual approaches can illuminate existing processes and help in the study of the global landscape. In addition monographs and edited volumes, using qualitative and quantitative methods with a strong theoretical grounding, which deal with these questions and processes are also welcomed.

To discuss or propose an idea for a book, please contact the series editors:

Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva,, School of Business & Management,
Queen Mary College, University of London, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom, Tel. +44 (0) 20 7882 8414

Dr Brenna Bhandar,, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Kent CT2 7NS, United Kingdom, Tel. +44 (1227) 824774

Dr Mark A. Harris,, School of Law, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086, Australia, Tel. +61 (3) 94791276

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Age of Austerity


Critical Theory in an Age of Austerity
Brunel University, London

Tuesday June 21st
Brunel Lecture Centre
Room 207

Critical Theory is closely associated with the work of a generation of postwar social theorists. Figures such as Theodor Adorno drew on earlier critical traditions, most notably Marxism, to provide an original and sophisticated critique of society that included groundbreaking work on popular culture, politics and philosophy. Since then, new and exciting strands of critical theory have emerged to take account of the changing nature of (global) societies.

The aim of this workshop is to explore various strands of critical theory in order to help us make sense of our current age of austerity. We will also discuss the possibilities of establishing a critical theory research network at Brunel.

The workshop brings together academics from across the social sciences and humanities at Brunel and will cover both empirical and theoretical issues such as neoliberalism and culture, the Big Society, refugees, queer theory, deconstruction, politics of in/difference, law and critique, structures of feeling, and critical media studies.

All are welcome!

For further information, contact:

John Roberts (Sociology and Communications):
Gareth Dale (Politics and History):
Peter D. Thomas (Politics and History):

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Critical Theory in an Age of Austerity
Programme Sessions:

Tea/coffee – available from 12.00

Introduction – 12.15
Gareth Dale (Politics & History)
John Roberts (Sociology & Communications)
Peter Thomas (Politics & History)

Session 1 – 12.30-1.30
Big, Little, Local, or Global Society? (Chair: John Roberts)
Nadine El-Enany (Law)
Fiona Cullen (Social Work)
Milly Williamson (Screen Media)

Break: 1.30-1.45

Session 2 – 1.45-2.45
Theory in the Humanities: Palintropes, Indifference, Queer (Chair: Gareth Dale)
William Watkin (English)
William Spurlin (English)
Sean Gaston (English)

Break: 2.45-3.00

Session 3 – 3.00-4.00
Critical Media Studies, Social Structures, and Law (Chair: Peter Thomas)
Julian Petley (Journalism)
Mike Wayne (Screen Media)
Craig Reeves (Law)

Critical Theory at Brunel: Prospects for a Research Network/Centre (general discussion)

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Roy Bhaskar


The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre cordially invite you to
a one-day workshop on:

THE LAW OF LAW: Dialectics and Research

Pravin Jeyaraj, School of Law, University of Westminster
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster

Friday, 1 April, 2011

A one-day workshop to examine how different dialectical traditions have been applied to research in different legal and related non-legal disciplines. We aim to assert the relevance of various dialectical traditions – from its origin in ancient philosophies to its subsequent interpretation and reformulation by theorists such as Hegel, Marx, Luhmann and Bhaskar – to contemporary socio-legal and critical research and sketch potential future developments either confirming or moving away from this tradition.

Dr Brenna Bhandar (University of Kent)
Dr Alejandro Colás (Birkbeck University)
Dr Alex Fischer (SOAS)
Ms Kay Lalor (University of Westminster)
Professor Alan Norrie (University of Warwick)
Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster)
Dr Joseph Tanega (University of Westminster)
Dr Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths College)

University of Westminster
The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street

Attendance is free, but places are limited
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